Principles of speech communication- module 1


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Directions: Write a 1-2 page response to the following prompt using proper APA Style.




Prompt: Select an event during which a specific, intended message was delivered successfully.  The event could be based on fact or fiction.  For example, perhaps you watched one of the President’s speeches on television, or maybe you watched a movie in which a character delivers an effective speech.




Step 1: Review the information presented in Module 1 about the elements of communication.




Step 2: Using a word processor (such as MS Word), write a short summary of the event that includes the following information:




  • Type of event,

  • Setting of the event (where, when, and so on),

  • Audience for the communication, and

  • Main goal of the message being delivered.


    Step 3: Describe the communication elements involved in the event.  Write brief descriptions of the following elements of communication observed during the event:




  • Listener – receiver of the intended message
  • Feedback – response to the message provided to the speaker by the listener
  • Channel – method used to communicate the message
  • Environment – occasion and physical setting for the communication
  • Noise – distractions that inhibit the successful completion of the message delivery




Step 4: What made the Speaker – person delivering the message in a communication processsuccessful?  Write a paragraph that describes the communication elements that played the biggest roles in making the communication successful.




Step 5: Save and submit your document.  Remember to use proper APA Style.




PART II: Speech




Modules 1 through 4 Homework Assignments will be a continuation of the speech process.  You will construct your speech by answering the following prompt, which will be given at the beginning of each homework assignment.  This is a step-by-step process.  As long as you read the textbook, read the online material, and complete the activities, you will not encounter much difficulty.




Prompt: Childhood obesity is growing at an increasing rate.  Should fatty foods, such as potato chips, cookies, and soft drinks, be banned from elementary school?  Develop a persuasive speech that argues for or against banning fatty foods from elementary school.  You will construct a traditional, five-paragraph speech (introductory paragraph, 3 body paragraphs, concluding paragraph) that answers this prompt.  The total length of pages should not exceed 3 typed pages.




1.   First step in developing a speech is prewriting.  Decide whether you agree or disagree to ban fatty foods from elementary school.




2.   Next, make a list of as many reasons why you agree or disagree to ban fatty foods from elementary school.




3.   Then try to see if any of those reasons can be grouped together.  Using the numbers (1), (2), and (3), number those reasons according to where they should appear in the body paragraphs.  For example, group (1) would appear in the first body paragraph, group (2) would appear in the second body paragraph, and group (3) would appear in the third body paragraph.




4.   Create an outline using the model below.  You will skip the introduction and conclusion sections and will return to them in later modules.  Focus on the body section for now.




I. Introduction


II. Body


A. Reason #1


      1. Supportive example #1


      2. Supportive example #2


B. Reason #2


      1. Supportive example #1


      2. Supportive example #2


C. Reason #3


      1. Supportive example #1


      2. Supportive example #2


III. Conclusion




5.         You will turn in the outline.




Remember to use proper APA formatting: Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double-spaced.





Here is an example of an outline:




*Please note that the following outline is different in content from the outline you are creating.  This is just an example of how your work should look like when you turn it in.*




II. Body


A. Try the product


1. Make sure it is what it says it is


2. Looks, feels right


3. See if it’s worth the purchase


B. Price


1. No issues with pricing


2. Ask cashier for refund policy


3. Do not have to pay shipping and handling


C. Active


1. Exercise


2. See what others are buying


3. Know what is popular


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